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LAPC #161: Feet and Shoes Walking 60 Miles in 3 Days

This week Leya challenges us to share our pictures of feet and shoes. Today for LAPC #161 I will share about the time I walked 60 miles in three days for a cause.

The Real Story Behind the Susan Komen Walks

Twelve years before I got breast cancer, never dreaming I would EVER get breast cancer, my nameless best friend said, “There’s a three day walk for breast cancer coming up in November. We love to walk, we should do it.”

Wow – a walk with a cause! That did sound like a good idea.

My friend and I averaged about 3-5 miles of walking a day at that point in our lives and 20 miles a day was a wee bit of a stretch, but I agreed and signed up with a group from Porterville through a friend of a friend. My walking partner forgot to sign up.

The group out of Porterville was very serious about walking. They started training in June. So, I did too. That should have clued me in that this was much bigger than a 3-mile a day walker should attempt.

I shopped for the best shoes, and got some that rocker shoes based on the recommendation of a work colleague who knew about all thing healthy.

They might work for some, but they gave me a sciatica problem. I could barely move after a few days. I had to climb in and out of our pool on my hands and knees. My colleague who recommended them bought mine from me and I bought something flatter.

We raised money. I’m not super good at that, but one of the Porterville girls was and she raised enough for both of us.

Finally the big day came.

We booked into a motel and one of the girls stubbed her toe on the bed and broke it the night before the walk. She walked anyway. I misread the instructions and had a pedicure a few days before and scraped off all my protective callouses, thinking I was doing the right thing. I wasn’t.

Let the 60-Mile Walk Begin

Sore feet were the norm. There were tents set up along the way for injuries. I checked in five miles into the first day to have my blisters treated and wrapped.

You could take a bus back to camp if the walking got to be too much. Yes, we tent camped. My borrowed air mattress needed electricity to blow up. Ooops, no electricity.

As you can tell, this was a BIG SHEBANG. I forget how many thousands of people showed up that weekend. Policemen from San Jose rode bikes and dressed in many layers of bras to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Even though I was all alone in a crowd of thousands, when I could catch my breath, there were plenty of people to talk to and lots of people driving by waving, vans dressed with bras, and crazy stuff all around.

The ones who weren’t walking had a lot of fun.

They provided entertainment along the way. People dressed up to cheer us on. They passed out candy and water. We lacked nothing.

I had also heard that since we were walking so far and burning off thousands of calories a day, that we could eat everything that came along. The meals at night were huge and delicious. Sandwiches and other goodies cropped up all along the way. I had no problem with that advice.

  • So, I walked, and walked and trudged up and down hills, not realizing that San Diego had so many.
  • I made it 60 miles and cried going through the cheering line for at least a half mile at the end.
  • Twelve years later I got breast cancer, had great care, and didn’t die – at least not yet.
  • I gained ten pounds. It never came off. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is my second post today, so I won’t bore you with what’s coming up.

Have a wonderful weekend. Don’t walk too much. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I don’t remember, but I remember goin up Torrey Pines at the very beginning. I made it to the top and my feet were trash. We went to La Jolla at one point. It’s been 14 years now, Janis, and to be honest I was just putting one foot in front of the other. I could have been in Alaska and I wouldn’t have know the difference except for an occasional photo to have a chance to catch my breath.

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    • They looked so promising, didn’t they? They were fun to walk in until my hips started killing me. I just wore them around work, so I was lucky that my friend who recommended them wore the same size as I did. They cost a fortune! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks, Rupali. At the time, it felt anything but inspiring from the inside of me. But the event planners put a lot of energy into it, and it was a magnificent event. I told Willow that I hope the Foundation made money on it. I’m sure they must have. It raised a lot of awareness, for sure. I had never been in anything so huge before. Have you ever done anything like that, Rupali?

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    • It gets better. I still have the 10 pounds and added 10 more – off and on again. And I look heavier in those pictures than I do in some that I’ve had since them. The magic of photography. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Yes and yes! I still can’t believe that I did it. The whole way I was thinking, “Who do I know who has breast cancer.” People carried moments and shared their stories all along the way and asked mine. I didn’t have a personal muse. Little did I know. ๐Ÿ™‚ LOL Thanks for the comment, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Thanks, Sally. It would have been MUCH more enjoyable to have you to talk to. We could have solved millions of problems. You did know me then, you just didn’t know me well. I spent many days walking to Jean’s which is six or seven miles to train before we started in on our heavy 19 mile walks.

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  1. A great story, great walking adventure and a great cause – well done! And I too tried those first shoes…and they were impossible!
    Great shots of a great – but tough – walk.

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  2. A wonderful achievement, I salute you! But I had to smile at your last bullet point about gaining those 10 pounds – as soon as I read about the huge meals and sandwiches I could guess what was coming ๐Ÿ˜†

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  3. What a great interpretation for the prompt. The sequence of photos was fun and engaging. I had a friend who did it years ago, and said it was truly the most inspiring event she had ever done. She was someone who never did any exercise prior to her training for this. I remember her saying it is truly the speakers and the crowds that seem to carry you along. Congratulation on this feat, and conquering the cancer. donna

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    • Thanks Donna. She is exactly right. Without all the sideliners, I don’t think many people would finish. I didn’t even have anyone who cared if I did or didn’t, but something drives you on, and you feel good that you made it.

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